2 May 2017

Sign for Liverpool? Klopp hails €71m Madrid 'genius' who 'texted' Gerrard about LFC transfer

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed his admiration for one of Europe's most coveted midfield stars.

The summer transfer window is fast approaching, and in an interview with Sportbild over the weekend, Klopp heaped praise on one of Liverpool's previous transfer targets:

"Toni Kroos is an exceptional footballer, a genius. He is so subtle with the ball at his feet. At Real Madrid, he is very important. I love him so much. He always knows what to do with the ball."

Liverpool were linked with Kroos throughout 2014, and in his recent autobiography, Reds legend Steven Gerrard confirmed:

"Brendan asked me to talk Kroos into signing for Liverpool. We had an exchange of texts [but] he said he'd soon sign for Real Madrid".

Jamie Carragher has also confirmed Liverpool's prior interest in Kroos:

"Man Utd dithered when they had a chance to sign Kroos, who also rejected interest from Liverpool".

Signing 'world-class' a players of Kroos's stature remains a pipe dream for Liverpool. with Gerrard and Suarez gone, the only remaining (somewhat) world-renowned player at the club is Philippe Coutinho, and I doubt the cream of Europe are jumping at the chance to play alongside the likes of Lovren, Lallana, Henderson, Can, and Milner.

Maybe Klopp's presence will change everything this summer? If Liverpool qualify for the Champions League, we'll get the true measure of the manager's actual pull in the transfer market, and hopefully he'll be able to attract at least one experienced, world-renowned game-changer to the club. Given Klopp's admiration (and shared nationality), is Kroos a viable future transfer target?

On a related note: Kroos cost Madrid just £20m (!) It's still hard to comprehend that Liverpool paid the same for Markovic, and £5m more for Lallana. It doesn't compute, damn it!


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